“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” Although Sergei Rachmaninoff first said this, it can be applied to the relationship people everywhere have with music. The item I chose is my guitar, which is an Acoustic Martin. It was given to me as a gift for my 14th birthday. Although it is not my first guitar, the quality was far better than any of the others that I owned. My parents gave me the guitar because they enjoy hearing me play music, and so I could pursue this path with hopefully more success. Usually at family events or gatherings, I bring my guitar and play a few songs I have learned recently. They seem to enjoy it greatly so I have continued this tradition for many years.
This object represents the beginning of my music career. When I received this guitar I started taking music seriously, and it grew from a hobby to a responsibility. This connects to my identity in that I consider my musical ability a defining aspect of my personality. I truly believe that my guitar and music have significantly shaped the person that I have become. My friends and I decided to form a band, since we all already played instruments. We have played at open mics, festivals, and are doing our best to make a name for ourselves with music. None of this would be possible without my gift, and I am thankful for it every day.
– Tyler Mak